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The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society chronicles the history of our region from American Indian occupation through 20th century industry and life.

I’VE I got the right answer!

At the Lycoming County Fair, we displayed this mystery artifact. It is an ice chisel, used for chipping slivers of ice of a block of ice.

Artifact displayed at the Lycoming County Fair

Artifact displayed at the Lycoming County Fair

Congratulations, Eric Keener, for having the first right answer out of the box. He wins a $20 gift certificate to Otto’s Book Store!!!

We had a bunch of right answers. As long as it had the word ‘ice’ in it, we accepted it as correct.

Those artifact aficionados are:

Bruce Bedford, “Ice pick”

Greg Beyer, “Ice Pick”

Steve Campbell, “ice scraper”

Megan Coleman, “Ice Chipper or gripper”

Jill Davenport, “Ice Breaker for the Lumber Industry”

Darcy Fry, “Ice scraper”

Ted Fry, “Ice chipper”

Dave Hartman, “Tool used to break ice off of large blocks of ice”

Linda Holland “an ice chipper”

Joan Knight, “ice cutter”

Janet Marquardt, “ice fork for moving ice”

Alan Metzger, “Ice Chipper Breaker”

Katie Miller, “a device to chip ice away from a block of ice”

Wayne Ripke, “ice carver”

Bill Shade, “ice chopper”

Tom Shaner, “Ice Chipper/Scraper (Block ice)”

Karen Sones, “Ice Sculpting”

Lance Van Auken, “Ice Scraper”

Heather Walter, “ice pick- to break apart ice from the river”


But, we really appreciate the fact that people took the time to think about the artifact and guess.

A bunch of variant answers were received and they are listed below:

A 1930s graden hoe’s

Agricultural use

Animal Fur cleaner

Back Scratcher

Bark stripper

Barrel opener

Base puller

Bottle opener

Bulb planter

Carding sheep wool

Cattle prod

Cheese cutter

Chiseling wood

Chochle (okay, we’re not sure what this is, but we don’t think it is right!)


Clam digger

Clay chisel or wood chisel

Cleat cleaner


Comb Horse’s hair

Comb sheep

Cotton picker

Cotton plant cotton seed remover

Cotton/seed seperator

Crop digging tool

Crop planter

Dandelion Digger

Dandelion or weed tool

De-barking tool

Digging tool

Fat scrapper for tanning hides

Fileter and tenderizer

Fish gig


Flax tool- crushes it and combs it out

For cutting wool from sheep

For mashed potatos


Frog gigger

Fur scraping to clean hides

Gardening hoe

Gardening rake

Gardening tool

Gardening tool that also kills ants if you hit them with the rounded end

Gathering tool

Giant fork

Goat pick

Grain sheaf string cutter

Ground corn- hand rake

Ground working tool

Hair comb, LOL!


Horse tail comb

I think it is a kind of spatula

I think this is a hare berosh

Implement for separating woolen fibers

Individual planting trowel

It was used to clean or straighten fibers of cotton or wool

Kitchen utensil to stir ground beef

Leather working tool

Meat fork

Meat Tenderizer


Mini rake

Nail puller similar to end of hammer

Pancake turner

Perforating cloth

Pie crust prep utensil

Planting tool

Potato digger

Potatoe fork

Potatoe masher

Potato scraper

Pottery/plate engraver

Primitive Back Scratcher

Pry to open chests


Salad fork from back in the days to scoop salad

Scoop to lift dandelion or deep weed

Scoring/ marking trees

Serving fork

Sheep comb

Sheep hair pick

Sheep shearer


Slaw cutter

Small hoe

Soil aerator

Some sort of Draw knife for peeling bark off

Something for silk mill

Something to farm with

Something used to toss salad

Sumething you used to dig

Spork [for those of us who didn’t know, a combination spoon and fork]

Spud peeler used in removing bark for use in tanning Leather

Tanning tool


Thing to unstick junk stuck in a fireplace grate

Tile cutter

To dig up flower bulbles [sic]

To Dig out Weeds?

Tool for carding wool or for a cobbler

Tool for cleaning hide

Tool for darning & combing wool to spin

Tool for hoof cleaning

Tool for removing tree bark

Tool for skinning

Tool to remove corn from the cob

“A trofey”

Upholstery tool

Used to pull or push material on a loom

Weed puller for a garden

Wood carver

Wood carving tool

Wood turning chisel

Woodworking tool to put grooves

Wool comb

Wool puller

Wool shearer tool

Yarn spinning instrument

And young Marcus scored a hit with his answer. He apparently did not notice the artifact in the case, but read our brochure, because his answer was, “I know/think this is: Non-profit educational museum.” And he is so right! Thank you for participating in this Artifact Quiz!! We had 198 guesses. See you next year at the Lycoming County Fair!